Compassion Mercy & Justice

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Compassion Mercy & Justice

The mission of Oceanhills is “more wholehearted followers of Jesus.” What does that mean? It means that we want to see more people giving God more and more control over their lives in faith that he knows what’s best. It also means that we want to see our hearts more and more resemble God’s heart. What is God’s heart? Put most simply, it is to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him. (Micah 6:8)

Compassion & Mercy:

Serve with our Partner Organizations

We believe that God is at work well beyond Oceanhills on a Sunday morning, especially amongst poor and marginalized people of our city. There are organizations in Santa Barbara serving populations better that Oceanhills could ever do on its own. That’s why it’s our joy to jump into God’s work alongside them as we pray for the Kingdom of heaven to come!

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The Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation (SB ACT) exists to equip the community to lovingly engage the marginalized while actively working for the betterment of their physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental needs. Oceanhills partners with SBACT by serving hot dinner to people experiencing homelessness on the second Thursday of every month, hosting periodic educational workshops on human trafficking, and encouraging individual monetary donations.


Boys & Girls Club Westside

Through the end of the school year, the Boys and Girls Club is hosting a special “Saturday School” designed particularly for students who have fallen below grade-level reading standards during the pandemic. They are currently in need of weekly volunteers who can read to and tutor these students (1st-5th grade) from 10AM-12PM on Saturdays. 

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Turner Foundation

The Turner Foundation's mission is to serve the community by owning and operating low-income apartment communities, as well as providing programs and services. There are two learning centers that provide enrichment programs for the kids that live at the apartments. Oceanhills partners with Turner by sending volunteer learning supervisors and tutors to work with the kids in the learning center. Sign up to serve for 1hr/week between 9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday.

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PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) Santa Barbara provides a variety of services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness that include employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing, and rapid rehousing. Oceanhills partners with PATH by preparing and serving their nightly dinners and hosting an annual holiday gift drive.

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Franklin Elementary 

Franklin Elementary School serves children grades K-6th on the Eastside of Santa Barbara. As a neighborhood partner, Oceanhills sends reading volunteers into classrooms for 1hr/week to assist our hardworking teachers! (During COVID, Oceanhills provides lunches for Franklin staff and sends volunteers to remote learning sites around SB.)


Noah's Anchorage *SEASONAL

Noah’s Anchorage operates programs that provide a continuum of care to underserved at-risk youth, young adults and families experiencing homelessness, neglect, and abuse in the greater Santa Barbara area. Oceanhills provides 100+ gifts each year for families from Noah’s and utilizes expertise from Noah’s staff to navigate the complexities of parenting in today’s world.

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Justice: Jump into the upstream work.

If compassion is pulling drowning people to shore, justice is the effort to figure out why people are falling into the stream in the first place. If compassion is deleting the unwanted email, justice is unsubscribing from the email list altogether. Oceanhills is committed to both the “downstream” work of meeting basic human needs in the name of Christ AND the “upstream” work of eliminating the systems, locally and globally, that perpetuate poverty and hunger.


Register for Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God w/ David Bailey

Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God 101 is a starting point for followers of Jesus who want to do justice and seek peace in our world today. If you currently serve with Oceanhills or if you’re interested in serving, this course is for you. 1hr/week time commitment for lecture and workbook + 1hr/week for community discussion. This is a safe place to work out your questions about racial justice in a Christ-centered environment. $10 charge (aslo pre-registers you for RCK 201). Next session starts 2/1/20.


Oceanhills’ Race and Discipleship Initiatives

As times are changing, so is our ministry. Visit our Race & Discipleship page to join a BIPOC Life Group, access the ECC Race & Discipleship guide, and more!


Run with World Vision to Provide Clean Water

This year Oceanhills is jumping in with Team World Vision again but in a little different way. Because of Covid we will not be doing the Marathon in LA but will be doing a marathon over the course of a week. 7days of 6ks. You wills step into the shoes of the millions of families that have to walk an average of a 6k to get water to live. Join the team today, check out the training schedule and we will help you get started!